CLIMATE STATEMENT AND PLAN

ADDRESSING THE IMPACT OF ANTHROPOGENIC CLIMATE CHANGE AND
OCEAN ACIDIFICATION ON BIODIVERSITY


The input of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere from human activities has created a complex situation that threatens human civilization and much of the life on the planet Earth. There is increasing concern that several positive feedback loops are active, amplifying the input of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. These positive feedback loops could put control of global warming beyond human control. Time is running out to stop this chain of very unfortunate events. While the above may seem extreme, they are based on widespread consensus within the scientific community.

This situation can no longer be ignored and requires immediate action. Global warming and ocean acidification pose a threat to everything we all hold dear – our children, our friends, our comfortable lifestyles, our shopping opportunities, our art, literature, music, dance, sports, our concerns about the welfare of the less fortunate, our political and social life, our bank accounts and more.

Pacific Biodiversity Institute has developed a Climate Statement and Action Plan to guide our operations and activities in relation to this critical global situation. Three key themes encompass PBI’s response to the impact of climate change and ocean acidification on biodiversity:

  1. Research on the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on terrestrial and marine ecosystems with a focus on monitoring the changes occurring and developing techniques to mitigate the negative impacts.
  2. Identification of additional stressors that effect imperiled species and ecosystems that may be exacerbated by climate change and identification of methods of reducing these stressors.
  3. Outreach, education and internal policies focused on these issues.

You can read the full details of our Climate Statement and Action Plan here.

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